Broken Arrow secures funding for 23rd Street project

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Source: City of Broken Arrow

A long-anticipated bridge replacement and street widening project on 23rd Street, also known as County Line Road, is one step closer to the start of construction following the City Council's approval of an agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The one-mile project, between Houston Street (81st St.) and Kenosha Street (71st St.), includes:

  • A bridge over Highway 51.
  • Five lanes of roadway.
  • Curb and gutter.
  • A 10-foot-wide trail on the east side of the street.
  • A five-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of the road.
  • A traffic signal at Houston Street and 23rd Street.

The estimated cost of the project is $14.8 million.

"Today, we've accumulated over $11 million in STP (Federal Surface Transportation Program) funds for this project," Engineering and Construction Director Ethan Edwards said.

This $11 million includes monies which helped pay for the design, right-of-way acquisition, and utility relocation. Currently, there is $8.6 million available for construction.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation District 8 is also providing $4 million in funding toward the project, supplementing the $8.6 million remaining Federal STP funds available for construction.

The City began applying for the STP funds for this project as early as 2008 through the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG).

"That is a big deal when you can secure that amount of money through Federal funding," City Manager Michael Spurgeon said.

The City Council agreed to provide matching funds of approximately 20% of the project's cost to in order to receive federal funding.

The City's portion of the project's cost is estimated at $2.1 million, which will be paid with funding from the 2014 and 2018 General Obligation Bonds.

Edwards estimates the project will begin in late summer 2023, based on ODOT's schedule, and will take 15-18 months for construction.

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